Indian Spice and all things nice

It has been noted before on this blog – please see any of the numerous posts involving food! – that we are lucky enough to have our very own Masterchef here on the Hillside.  I wish that I could claim that title for myself but I confess to being much more at home pointing my camera at delicious things to eat than I am working away with pots, pans,  wooden spoons and a magic wand to create them.  Mr H ( alias Masterchef) can turn his hand to any dish that might take your fancy but his real speciality is the curry.  I have often wondered if it is the alchemy and wizardry in the cooking of a great curry that draws men to let loose their inner Harry Potter in this type of cuisine.  Stirring potions, dosing with silver measuring spoons, the dangerous mixtures of spices, calculating to the millisecond the optimum frying time for this and that ingredient, it is surely heaven for the budding sorcerer.  For me the pleasure lies not only in eating the end results but in the astonishing beauty and mystery of the colours and forms of the spices……………..

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

 

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  1. west517 says:

    I’m crazy about all these colors!! You mentioned not being so happy with the strength of the colors– but I think they are excellent– especially paired with narrative about Mr. H and curry— you’ve really brought an India feel to this that I think is gorgeous– well done!! 🐻

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    1. Thanks west! Actually I do like the richness of the colour but I download and process on my old laptop and the deep orange of the chilli loooked perfect on that, when I looked at the post on Mr H’s ipad it looked so red and saturated I wasn’t sure! I shall have to start compensating as my laptop is ancient! 🙂

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      1. west517 says:

        I completely understand that– that sometimes happens to me as well~ not so much now that I use one computer for editing instead of two 🙂

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      2. I was lucky enough to (finally) acquire an imac a week or three ago but so much stuff is still on my laptop I keep using it :/ I’ll have to change as most people seem to use tablets these days – do they call them that in the US? 🙂 (Tablette en français!)

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      3. west517 says:

        Nice! Yes– tablets 😀 I have one 🙂

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  2. I believe alchemy is just the word for it.

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    1. Glad you agree! The spices make me think of paint pigments too!

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  3. It’s like the starter kit for an exquisite stained glass window! Oh the colors, the glory of saturated tints–and to know they advertise these marvelous heady flavors. Makes me want to leap through the screen, Jane, and show up at your kitchen dinner table. You are one lucky lady. Mr. Ramsey would likely applaud your choice of ingredient advertisement. It’s total eye-candy. Rock on, Monsieur MasterChef!

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    1. I can confirm that the resultant dish was as delicious as the ‘advertising’ suggested it might be! PS Like the stained-glass window idea 😉

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  4. I’d just partaken of a very fine mutton curry before tuning in to the hillside, so you can imagine what a nice surprise these were…All good, but maximum salivation kicks in with number10…That’s a doozy.
    (and Mrs Shpics wants to pinch your spoons).
    I hope you got it all back in the tins.
    S
    x

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    1. Hi sh! Glad you like them, felt like I should have been painting with them, the colours are so amazing 🙂 Most of it returned to tins o_O well, some of it – those little spoons are extremely useful for the potion measuring – eye of newt, 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder,1/4 teaspoon frog toe, you know the kind of thing :/ 🙂

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      1. Aaaah you mean saucery……
        (teehee)
        😀

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      2. I think those students are getting to you :/ o_O

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      3. They try…but I rise above it.

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      4. That’s the curry I imagine :/

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      5. It’s the beans…..
        😦

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      6. Not still on the beans o_O ! I should think the curry would be a major improvement :/

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      7. Yes, but I have to be true to the student charter…..
        Beans and Lambrusco…..No choice in the matter.
        😦

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      8. Guess it compares favourably with Beans and Bristol scrumpy as it was in my day :/

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      9. You obviously haven’t tried Student Lambrusco…Pure Poison!

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      10. Believe me, had they known about it, half a glass of Bristle scrumpy would have been the weapon of choice for the Borgias :/

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      11. PS Just posted some acorns instead of red leaves in the end 🙂

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